Global Mission Mega Church: July 2012 Update: They’re Baaack!

Update 7/28/2012

GMC has submitted a revised site plan. The overview of revisions is here, the full plan is coming soon- at the moment it is too large for our site (much like the building the plans describe). We have not had a chance to go though the many pages of plans yet to look at lingering septic and emergency access issues, but one thing is clear- GMC is still appears un-interested in scaling their plans back. The footprint of the building has been reduced but is still more than 118,000 square feet.

Out of curiosity, we looked into other buildings this size for comparison. Also 118,000 square feet:

-Rowan University’s new state of the art library in New Jersey, a school of 10,000 students.
-The Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center in Washington State- the facility recently played host to the America’s Got Talent auditions.
-The proposed new Super Walmart planned for Aspen Hill, Montgomery County, a project that will need a special exception because of its size. (your average Target store is 125,000 square feet.)

Stay Tuned…

Update 7/21/2012

GMC has filed a new site plan.  We understand that this issue will be addressed within ninety days.  Sugarloaf Citizens’ Association and MCA will obtain the relavent documents/plans and make them available online.
Thanks again to the folks that have volunteered their time and expertise to work on this important issue.  The goal continues to be to ensure that this project finds a location that is in proximity to transportation and served by public water and sewer.  It is perplexing that the applicant has not acknowledged the extreme challenges to a project of this scale at a location with a multitude of challenges including septic, access, topography, master plans, etc.

Sugarloaf Mountain deserve protection.  Let’s work together to ensure the beauty and productivity of Frederick and Montgomery’s shared countryside!

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We understand that the Global Mission Church has been working on a new submission for  their plan for a massive development (138,000 sq feet phase 1 building only) in the shadow of Sugarloaf Mountain.  A new plan will trigger new public hearings in Frederick County.  The details of the new application are not currently available.  There is, however,  no indication that the project will be scaled down.  As to the the entrance in Montgomery County and through fragile Little Bennett Creek – nothing in a re-submission could alter the problems that portion of the project will create.

Stakeholders are mobilizing for this next round.  Thanks to those who have volunteered their time and talents thus far on legal, planning and environmental issues relating to this ill-conceived project.  We will send along action alerts as soon as we get a date for the hearing before the FC Planning Commission and as necessary for action on the Montgomery Side.

For background on this issue click here.

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